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Awards, and Yanks make a minor deal.

Gold Glove winners were announced in both leagues, and although three Yanks were up for the GG award (Didi, Teix and Gardner), none won.

The top three finishers were announced for the major awards, Mgr. of the Yr., ROY, CYA, MVP and no Yankee is among the top 3 finalists. Lorenzo Cain of KC is up for MVP. Nice to see the recognition of a good player who doesn’t have overwhelming stats, but who was the best player on the WS Champs.

Sad to see ex-Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died of multiple organ failure. He was just 29. Autopsy and coroner reports to come.

I posted it elsewhere, but Yankees C prospect Gary Sanchez has been lighting up the Arizona Fall League and starred in their All-Star game, homering and throwing out a potential base stealer.

The Yanks may think Sanchez is ready to be a backup to McCann in the majors. They traded C John Ryan Murphy to the Twins today for Aaron Hicks.

Murphy, 24, had 155 AB for the Yanks in 2015, hitting .277-3-14, OPS+ 103. He has 262 AB in his MLB career, .267-4-24, OPS+ 91.

Hicks is 26, and a switch-hitter who can play all three OF positions. He hit .256-11-33, 13 SB for the Twins this year, OPS+ 95. For his MLB career, his 162 g. ave. is .225-13-51, 17 SB, OPS+ 80.

The Yanks also traded Jose Pirela to SD for a 20 yr. old minor league pitcher, Ron Herrera.

Pirela hit .230-1-5 in 74 AB with the Yanks this year, OPS+ 54 (100 is average). In his MLB career, 98 AB, .255-1-8, OPS+ 78.

Herrera, a 20 yr. old RHP, went 8-7, 4.08 between High A and AA this year.

Lastly, sad news for one of the greatest base stealers ever. Lou Brock had part of his left leg amputated due to an infection from a diabetic condition. Brock, most famous as a Cardinal, had over 3000 hits and 900 SB in his career.

Game 132. Yanks outslug Boston 13-8.


The Yanks jumped out to an early 11-1 lead and held on for a 13-8 win over Boston up in Fenway yesterday. They remain 1 1/2 back of Toronto in the AL East (don’t the Blue Jays ever lose?) with a 74-58 record.

The Yanks hit five HR in the game.

After Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the first, the Yanks bounced back with eight in the second. Greg Bird (3) hit a 2-run HR and it was immediately followed by John Ryan Murphy’s solo blast (2).  Chris Young’s single made it 4-1, A-Rod’s single 6-1 and then Carlos Beltran’s 2-run HR (14, 387th career) made it 8-1.

Stephen Drew’s 3-run HR in the third (17) made it 11-1 Yanks.

In the fifth, Didi Gregorius’ solo shot (8) made it 12-1.

Then the Yanks had to hold on. The one thing I didn’t like was that after taking a 12-1 lead, the Yanks still had to use Wilson, Betances and Miller because some middle relievers struggled. Oh well, today is a day off anyway, but how nice it would have been to give Wilson, Betances and Miller all two days off.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fifth, a HR in the sixth…. 12-3.

Boston got two in the seventh off of Tanaka and Andrew Bailey, who was making his first MLB appearance in over two years. 12-5.

Jose Pirela singled in a run for the Yanks in the eighth. 13-5, then Boston tacked on three late runs for the final score of 13-8.

Gregorius, after a slow start, is on fire, getting his average up to .272. Even Drew, way under .200 for most of the year, is now at .211.

It was Joe Girardi’s 800th career win as manager.

Tanaka (W, 11-6,  3.73) 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K.
Bailey 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 27.00
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.17.
Mitchell 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.56
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.30
Cotham 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 12.27
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K. 1.86.

Game 131. Yanks edge Boston, 3-1.


The Yanks took advantage of a Boston error for two unearned runs in defeating the Red Sox 3-1 on Tuesday night. They stayed 1 1/2 games behind Toronto in the AL East because the Blue Jays beat Cleveland on a walk-0ff HR in the 10th.

The Yanks still have a good lead for a wild card spot. They are currently wild card #1, meaning that they, as of now, would host the one-game sudden death wild card game against Texas. The Yanks lead Texas by four games. The Yanks magic # to just make the playoffs, even as the second wild card team, is 27 over the Twins, who are five games behind the Yankees.

Michael Pineda pitched six strong innings for the win.

Before the game, the Yanks brought up C Austin Romine, utility men Dustin Ackley and Jose Pirela, 2B Rob Refsnyder, PR Rico Noel, and relievers Andrew Bailey, Caleb Cotham and James Pazos. Rosters expanded yesterday, and some more players could be coming up soon. They DFA’d OF Tyler Austin and IF Cole Figueroa.

Boston struck first for a run in the third. The Yanks came back with two in the fifth. A-Rod singled and after two strikeouts, Gregorius reached on a two-base error, A-Rod moving to third. A Stephen Drew double put the Yanks ahead.

Brett Gardner homered (13) in the eighth for the insurance run.

Pineda (w, 10-8, 4.07) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 7 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K 3.19
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.31
Miller (29th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.90

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB beat LV 7-2. Kyle Haines (6) and Chris Martin (2) combined for eight shutout innings. 1B Kyle Roller with a triple, HR, 2 RBI. C Austin Romine 3 hits, 2 rbi. C Gary Sanchez on the DL with a hamstring injury. RF/3B Jose Pirela 3 hits,RBI. Rehabbing LF Dustin Ackley 2 hits. Two others with two hits each.

AA:   Trenton lost 3-2. Jaron Long the hard-luck losing pitcher. 3B Cito Culver two hits.

High A: Tampa won 9-3. Jordan Montgomery six no-hit shutout innings, 8 K. RF Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) single,double, HR, 3 RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 for 2, solo HR, 2 walks. INF Abital Avelino 2 hits, 35th SB. CF Dustin Fowler 4 rbi.

A: Charleston lost 5-4. SS Angel Aguilar 2 h, double, Hr, 2 Rbi. 2h, rbi for 1B Isaias Tejeda. Two others with two hits each.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 4-3 in 10. DH Kyle Roller 2 for 2, rbi. 3 hits for infielder Jose Pirela.

AA: Trenton lost 5-3. Solo HR DH Rob Segedin. Solo HR SS Tyler Wade.

High A: Tampa off.

A: Charleston lost 3-2. Two hits for CF Devyn Bolasky.

The minors, and trade deadline risks.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With the Yankees off yesterday, a look at the minors and a look at risks at the trade deadline.

AAA: SWB won 2-1 on a walkoff inside-the-park HR by CF Ben Gamel. Kyle Davies 7 IP, 1 unearned run. 3 h, 1 walk and 8 K.  Caleb Cotham two scoreless IP of relief. (W, 2–0, 1.07). Gamel also had a double. Besides Gamel, 1B Greg Bird and 3B Jose Pirela each had two hits.

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa won 4-2. LF Ericson Leonora a 2-run HR. Five others with two hits each. Jordan Montgomery 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 walks, 7 K.

A: Charleston off.

Funny how people are still complaining that the Yanks didn’t do a major splash at the trade deadline. I have a few thoughts on that.

For those who say that “the Boss” would have done something, face facts. The Boss, George Steinbrenner, has been dead for five years now. Accept that fact and accept that it is a new regime with his son Hal who isn’t his father. He will run things differently. Also, things weren’t always peaches and cream with George. Remember him trading away talents like Jay Buhner, Bob Tewksbury and Doug Drabek?

So for those who wanted a big deal, were you really going to trade away Luis Severino for what may turn out to be a two-month rental? As much as I would like the Yankees to win every year, you don’t want to sacrifice the future for a one-year quick fix. And don’t kid yourself. You can’t get something for nothing. The Yanks would have had to give up top talent like Severino to get something. You weren’t getting a David Price type talent for lower tier talent.

Here are examples of teams that went for it and paid for it.

8-12-87. The Tigers trade John Smoltz to the Braves for Doyle Alexander. Alexander goes 9-0 down the stretch for the Tigers. The Tigers make the playoffs as the AL East champ and lose the ALCS to the Twins. Alexander goes 14-11 in 1988 and 6-18 (leading the majors in losses) in 1989 then retires. The Tigers don’t make it back to the playoffs until 2006. Smoltz goes to the Braves, is in the playoffs every year from 1991-2005 (except for the 1994 strike) and goes to be a Hall of Famer.

8/30/1990: The Red Sox trade Jeff Bagwell to Houston for Larry Andersen. Andersen goes 0-0, 1.23 as a two-month rental. Boston wins the division but loses the ALCS to Oakland. Bagwell goes on to hit 449 HR for the Astros. He played a lot in the cavernous Astrodome. Imagine him with the Green Monster at Fenway.

Is that what these people want?

Also, some people, upset with Stephen Drew, are wondering if the Yanks should pursue Chase Utley. I wonder if these people realize that Utley, although the greatest Phillie 2B ever (and JAWS has him ranked 12th best 2B all-time), has been worse than Drew this year.

Drew: 32, $5MM, free agent after this year. 94 g. .194-13-32, OPS+ 77.

Utley: 36, $15MM, 69 games, .190-4-28. OPS+ 55. Utley has had a far better career than Drew, and is a borderline Hall of Famer.  His vesting option ($15MM each of the next three years) will not kick in because he won’t make 500 plate appearances this year. But a lot of money for someone four years older who is having a WORSE year for even Drew. Utley WAS great. He no longer IS.

Really, do you want that?

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 9-1. LF Ben Gamel 3 h, 2 doubles, 2 rbi. DH Gary Sanchez 3 for 4, 2 doubles,  3 rbi. 3B Jose Pirela 3 for 4, rbi.

AA: Trenton lost 4-2, getting just four hits.

High A: Tampa won 7-6. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. SS Jorge Mateo with a double and a triple.

A: Charleston lost 4-2. Two hits each for SS Angel Aguilar and C Collin Staybaugh.